Frozen White Chocolate & Raspberry Dessert

Every year since we moved into our house 8 years ago, the raspberry patch would start giving us a handful of ripe juicy berries just a few days before the 4th of July. But with 2012′s odd and early spring, everything has shown up a couple weeks sooner than expected. And the raspberries followed suit. Before we had even flipped the calendar to July, we had already filled many a bucket with fresh raspberries from our garden.

The berries have been bigger and better than normal this year.
And we are reveling in every last juicy red bite!

With the heat and oppressive humidity we’ve been experiencing the past week, this Frozen White Chocolate & Raspberry Dessert is a welcome sight. It’s built on a salty crumbly pretzel crust, which our oldest daughter thinks must be the very foundation of heaven. For me, pretzel crusts bring back tasty childhood memories of potluck desserts. But until I heard Hatti’s newfound delight in it, I realized I haven’t made a pretzel crust in years. Many, many years. And that needs to change!

I’ve shared before that I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate, so I was holding my breath, waiting for my taste buds to judge that first bite…

And I was so pleasantly surprised. The filling is truly delicious, with the white chocolate rounded out by freshly whipped cream and cream cheese. The luscious red raspberries add sweet and tangy bites, along with beautiful cut-throughs from the slicing of each frozen square. And the pretzel crust offers the tastiest contrast, of which I won’t neglect to incorporate a bit more often around here now.

Frozen White Chocolate & Raspberry Dessert

Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

    for the crust:
  • 1-1/4 c. crushed pretzles
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 4 T. unsalted butter, melted
  • for the filling:
  • 1 pt. heavy cream, divided
  • 12 oz. white baking chocolate
  • 1/2 c. light corn syrup
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c. fresh raspberries
  • for the raspberry topping:
  • 1/4 c. raspberry jam
  • 1 T. water

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°. Fold a 16'' long piece of heavy duty foil to an 8''x16'' strip and place in an 8'' square pan, leaving overhang on 2 sides. Repeat with another sheet of foil in opposite direction, lining pan completely. Spray foil on bottom of pan with nonstick spray.

for the crust:

Stir together all crust ingredients and press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

for the filling:

In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook 1/3 cup of the cream, white chocolate, corn syrup, and cream cheese over low heat. Whisk constantly until completely smooth, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, beat remaining cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold the white chocolate mixture in by hand. Then gently fold in the raspberries. Scoop mixture on top of the pretzel crust and gently spread it out evenly, tapping the pan gently on the counter a couple times to settle in the filling. Cover pan and freeze until firm, 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

for the raspberry topping:

Stir together the jam and water.

About 15 minutes prior to serving, take the dessert out of the freezer. The dessert cuts very easily when frozen, but is easier to eat if it has that 15 minutes of thawing time. It also holds its shape very well, even after sitting out for quite awhile. To remove the dessert from the pan, gently pull up on the foil overhangs. Peel the foil down from the edges and cut dessert into squares. Then drizzle some raspberry topping over each dessert square.

Source

Heavily adapted from the February - April 2012 edition of At Home with Kowalski's magazine.

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34 Responses to “Frozen White Chocolate & Raspberry Dessert”

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    Kathryn — July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    This sounds like a wonderful combination of sweet and creamy from the white chocolate and tart from the raspberries. Gorgeous!

    • Brenda replied on July 7th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you, Kathryn. :)

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    Jan — July 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Raspberries are beautiful right now in Washington State. This recipe looks so good. I’ll try it…

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    Cassie — July 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    How fun! These sound wonderful Brenda. They are gorgeous!

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    Maria — July 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I love raspberries! This dessert is calling my name!

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — July 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Beautiful, as always :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Look at those berries, this is just beautiful!

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    Winnie — July 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

    What a wonderful dessert!
    I looooooooooove white chocolate, and I’d love to eat such a dessert.

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    marla — July 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Such a lovely raspberry dessert!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — July 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Can I just tell you how much I love that you used pretzels for the crust? This dessert is gorgeous!!

    • Brenda replied on July 7th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, Jen. I had completely forgotten how much I like pretzel crusts. Now my daughter will surely keep on me to make them more often!

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    Mercedes — July 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    This looks so refreshing and delicious! Frozen desserts are essential on these steamy summer days!

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    Grandmereb Lovestobake — July 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Lucky you with the raspberry patch! I would love that as raspberries are my favorite fruit. And then pair it with white chocolate! OMG I am in love! That photo of this recipe makes me want to melt into the picture to get at it! Amazing looking!

    • Brenda replied on July 7th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      We always had a huge raspberry patch growing up on the farm, so having my own really feels like home. I love it! :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Loving this, especially that pretzel crust!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — July 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve been wanting to add a raspberry bush to our garden…there’s nothing like sweet raspberries that melt in your mouth! Frozen fruity desserts are very appealing to me especially when it’s hot outside. White chocolate and raspberry are a match made in heaven!!

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    Shaina — July 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    You had me at “pretzel crust.”

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    nest of posies — July 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    i agree with shaina- you had me at the pretzel crust. this looks amazing!

    xo
    kellie

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — July 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    This is beautiful! And that crust, suc a nice salty-sweet combo.

    • Brenda replied on July 7th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you, Cathy! :)

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    Sheila — July 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I too love white chocolate…well and brown chocolate too ; ) This dessert looks amazing. You did it again lady!!!

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    Mom — July 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    This looks so yummy and refreshing Brenda. I bet the pretzel crust makes you think of that strawberry salad/dessert that so many of us made years ago.

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    TidyMom — July 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

    oh how beautiful and delicious Brenda! I LOVE raspberries and enjoy finding new recipes for them!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/bright-ideas-for-summer/ Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!

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    Nancy @ CouponClippingCook — July 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    This is such a pretty dessert. And love the idea of the pretzel crust. How fun to grow your own raspberries too. Looks soooo good.

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    cheryl — July 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This dessert looks fabulous!!!! I wasn’t sure that anything could ever taste better than simply eating the raspberries right out of your garden, but this dessert might change my mind.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — July 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    What a lovely and beautiful summer dessert! It looks delicious, too. The pretzel crust puts it over the top!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — July 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    oh this looks so pretty! I could sure go for a frozen dessert right about now, it’s 108 degrees here.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 10, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Lucky you to have beautiful fresh raspberries just outside waiting to be picked!

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    Paula — July 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    This is such a pretty dessert. I’m not a big fan of white chocolate either but I’m pretty confident I would enjoy this very much.

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    Bridget Kuhlo — July 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Oh Brenda! Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing…can’t wait to try this recipe. Will be a sweet surpirse for the kids.

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    Sandy Coughlin — July 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    How did you know our raspberries are ready? This is amazing!

    Wish we could enjoy together :)

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    Debbie — March 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! I am making it right now to serve as one of my Easter desserts!! It is amazing.

    • Brenda replied on April 1st, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Lovely! I’m so glad you like it – thanks for letting me know!

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